Recipe by Naomi Ross

Panini Maker Sabich-Inspired Pitas

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Easy Easy
4 Servings

A sabich is a popular Israeli sandwich consisting of pita stuffed with fried eggplant and hard-boiled eggs. In this version, the eggplant is grilled and the eggs are fried on the panini press.


Bring along your panini maker on vacation to prepare nutritious meals even when away from home. More on that in my article 3 Cooking Gadgets That Are Musts For Summer Traveling.


Sabich-Inspired Pitas

  • 1 small eggplant, sliced into 1/3-inch rounds

  • 4 eggs

  • nonstick cooking spray, such as Glicks

  • 4 pitas

  • 2 Persian cucumbers, scrubbed and diced

  • 2 small tomatoes, diced


Prepare the Sabich-Inspired Pitas


Preheat panini press on high setting. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place eggplant slices on press (you may have to do this in batches, depending on size of machine). Close top and grill for about two to three minutes or until eggplant is tender and has grill marks. Transfer slices off press; repeat as needed.


Reapply cooking spray to the panini press. Crack one egg into a glass, being careful not to break the yolk. Carefully pour egg onto center of hot press (if cooked too close to the edge of the press, the whites will run off before setting). Allow egg to set and cook until yolk is halfway cooked but still a bit runny, about three to four minutes. Repeat with remaining eggs (a large press can accommodate more than one egg at a time).


While eggs cook, combine tomatoes and cucumbers. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.


To assemble, make a slit in the top of the pita, hollowing out a pocket inside the opening. Slather a spoonful of hummus inside pita, then stuff with two to three slices of eggplant. Add a few slices of pickles, a big spoonful of tomatoes and cucumbers, and then carefully slide a fried egg into pita. Drizzle with tahini or amba sauce if desired. Enjoy…but have napkins on hand!

Panini Maker Sabich-Inspired Pitas

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